Kick off your summer with Family Picks!

Kick off your summer with Family Picks!

OK, it's not technically summer yet, but school is finally over — which means you need more things for the kids to do than ever! This weekend you can take them to a safety fair, the fishing hole, a pow-wow, a spring festival, concerts, or a new kids’ rock ‘n’ roll musical about bugs. Happy summer break!

Playing It Safe! Carle health and safety fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. Free.

Explore more than 40 interactive learning stations on safety awareness, a lunchtime stage show by Urbana Fire Rescue, K-9 unit demonstrations and free inflatable activities. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the first 1,500 people will receive a free hot dog. The event is sponsored by Carle Foundation Hospital and Safe Kids Champaign County.

For information: Visit

Spring festival: Brocton Spring Festival and Draft Horse Show, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, downtown Brocton. Free admission.

Events include a bean-bag toss tournament, a redneck horseshoe contest. bingo, a 5K Walk/Run Race, slot-car racing, a parade, kiddie tractor pull, Little League touranment, antique tractor games and a draft horse show. Enjoy food booths, a pancake and sausage breakfast, fish fry, live music, inflatables, collectibles and much more.

For information: Call 385-2450, 385-2473, or visit

‘U:Bug:Me — A Bug’s Life’: Summer Theatre for Young Audiences, 10:30 a.m. Saturday (and June 7, 9-11), Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Admission charge.

In this new rock ‘n’roll musical just for kids, Esteban is a clever earwig who discovers a revolutionary way to harvest soil. Esteban and his friend Pico the fly enter the Queen Bee’s annual contest with plans to revolutionize the bug world, but the bitter horsefly Packo steals their plans.

Tickets are $9.

For information: Call 728-7375 or visit the theater's website

Get your tackle! Kids’ Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Kaufman Lake, Champaign. Free.

The Champaign Park District and Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana sponsor this annual fishing derby for children ages 6-12. Prizes are awarded and a free hot dog lunch is provided.

Bring fishing tackle; bait is provided. A parent/guardian should accompany all children and must fill out a permission form for each participant (available online at and on-site the day of the event).

For information: Call 398-2550 or visit

Pow wow: 13th annual Intertribal Pow Wow, 10 a.m .to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park, Leroy. Admission charge.

Experience native dancing, drums, handmade jewelry and crafts, food, children’s activities and even see a buffalo herd. Bring chairs; camping is available. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 3, and free for ages 3 and under.

From Champaign: take I-74 West to the LeRoy exit. Drive north through LeRoy to School Street and turn right. After about 5 miles, turn left on Road 3100 and follow the signs to the park.

For information: Call (309) 287-0044 or (309) 830-0233 or visit

It’s in the stars: Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch. 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, CUAS Observatory, south of Monticello. Free.

View stars and planets through CUAS telescopes, weather permitting. Directions: Take Interstate 57 south to Monticello exit, go 1.4 miles west to County Road 700 E, turn left and the dome is 0.8 mile to the south, on the left.

For information: Call 351-2567 or visit

Downtown music: Champaign Park District StreetFest. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Main and Chestnut streets, Champaign. Free.

Enjoy live music downtown with country singer Levi Riggs, 7 to 9 p.m., and the Delta Kings, a blues/rock band, from 10 p.m. to midnight.

For information: Call 398-2550 or visit

Family reunion: Worden-Martin Ford City Family Reunion, 11 a.m. Sunday, Carriage Center Court, South Neil Street, Champaign.

This benefit for the United Way of Champaign County will include a Car Show ’n’ Shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., inflatable play structures for the kids and music by The New Orleans Jazz Machine. Food will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $1 food tent tickets.

For information: Call 352-7901

In Concert at CPL: Tim Grimm, 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. Free.

Musician Tim Grimm had a Hollywood career before returning home to southern Indiana to raise his family and make a career as a singer and sometime farmer. His music blends folk and country, drawing comparison to Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen.

For information: Call 403-2070 or visit

Urbana Pops Orchestra: “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sinai Temple, 3104 Windsor Road, C. Admission charge.

Enjoy familiar pieces written by composers from Korea, Russia, Italy, Australia and more, as well as a few surprises. Tickets are $5 to $10, or a $25 family special (two adults with up to three children).

For information: Call 979-1910,

Coming soon:

‘Tangled’: Movie Matinee, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave. Free.

Enjoy family-friendly stories every Wednesday through July 27, from books to movies rated G or PG. This week’s feature is Walt Disney Pictures’ “Tangled.”

For information: Call 893-3955 or visit

Neighborhood Nights! Crazy Johnny with Dawna Nelson, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Carle Park, Urbana. Free.

The latest in Urbana’s Neighborhood Nights Concert Series, with free popcorn and lemonade, games and activities. Get a close-up looks at Urbana city vehicles. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. (In case of rain, the concert will be the following night.)

For information: Call 367-9575 or 367-1544 or visit


Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Friday for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar, e3 magazine and other sources. To submit an item, e-mail me at, or use the calendar on the News-Gazette home page,

Photos: Ellen Puffer of Urbana blows bubbles as her son Jackson watches at the 2010 Play It Safe! Family Safety Fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana last June. Darrell Hoemann/The News-Gazette

At bottom, Sisters Alyson (foreground), and Jessica Wagner of Champaign watch their bobbers at the Optimist Kids Fishing Derby at Kaufman Lake in Champaign. 2006. Robert K. O'Daniell/The News-Gazette


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